Many people wonder if Dale Earnhardt Jr. can score another win at Pocono in the GoBowling.com 400. He won the Pocono 400 in June for the first time, and currently is in second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Standings.
Earnhardt Jr. has a love for Pocono, and so did his father.
Dale Earnhardt had a couple of wins at “The Tricky Triangle,” and several more top 10 finishes.
Earnhardt ran his first race at Pocono in 1979 for Rob Osterlund, in which he crashed. He ran a race in 1981 for Jim Stacy and a few after that for Bud Moore. In 1984, he started his driving career with Richard Childress, and continued running for RCR until 2001, the year of his tragic death after he crashed at the Daytona 500 in February.
Earnhardt’s stats for Pocono are those two wins, 7053 of 8129 laps completed (an average of 86.8%), with 454 laps led.
Additionally, he finished 10 times in the top five (24.4%), and 22 times in the top 10 (53.7%). In 41 total starts, he had 9 DNF’s (Did Not Finish), and pursed over 1 million dollars.
When it comes to Earnhardt Jr., he had his first Pocono career start in 2000 for DEI (Dale Earnhardt Incorporated). He stayed with DEI until 2008 when he signed with Rick Hendrick.
In his 29 starts at Pocono International Raceway, he has completed 5276 of 5427 laps (an average of 97.2%) with 164 laps led.
He has finished eight times in the top five (3.4%), and 12 times in the top 10 (41.4%). In those 29 starts, he had one DNF, and pursed almost 3 million dollars.
Statistically, both father and son have done well at PIR. Look for it to continue with the No. 88.